Twitter: Rochdale Council
Richard Farnell has made the proposals that are in the early stages
On-the-spot fines or simply removing those deemed guilty of foul and abusive language from the town centre has been proposed in a wide-ranging crackdown on anti-social behaviour by Rochdale Borough Council.
The proposal has been called a “staggering misuse of power” that would “unjustifiably curb the rights and freedoms of Rochdale residents” according to the human rights group, Liberty.
Council chiefs want a Public Space Protection Order which could see anyone caught “using foul and abusive language” being fined or moved on, to create a family environment.
Richard Farnell, the council leader, said: “There have been instances, particularly with people who have been drinking, who have been shouting and swearing aggressively at shoppers.